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Simplified Models: A Different Perspective on Models as Mediators

McCoy, C.D. and Massimi, Michela (2018) Simplified Models: A Different Perspective on Models as Mediators. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 8 (1). pp. 99-123. ISSN 1879-4912

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Abstract

We introduce a novel point of view on the “models as mediators” framework in order to emphasize certain important epistemological questions about models in science which have so far been little investigated. To illustrate how this perspective can help answer these kinds of questions, we explore the use of simplified models in high energy physics research beyond the Standard Model. We show in detail how the construction of simplified models is grounded in the need to mitigate pressing epistemic problems concerning the uncertainty inherent in the present theoretical and experimental contexts.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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McCoy, C.D.casey.mccoy@ed.ac.uk0000-0002-7921-4911
Massimi, Michelamichela.massimi@ed.ac.uk0000-0001-6626-9174
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Casey McCoy
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 21:13
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 21:13
Item ID: 14417
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13194-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-017-0178-0
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 28 January 2018
Page Range: pp. 99-123
Volume: 8
Number: 1
ISSN: 1879-4912
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14417

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